The Future Must Be Ethical: #MakeAIEthical

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  1. Academic conferences require papers from submitting organizations to supply publication approval policies (if they exist), refuse to review papers that have been subjected to editing by lawyers or similar corporate representatives, and decline sponsorship from organizations such as Google engaged in retaliatory actions towards researchers.
    Industry publication procedures that require certain papers to be edited by corporate lawyers in order to mislead the public about potential harms [e.g. 1, 2] should not be accepted at academic conferences. Therefore we call for organizations, especially industry organizations, to “show their work” in describing their publication approval processes. We applaud the recent decision by the FAccT Conference to drop their Google sponsorship.
  2. Potential recruits to Google decline invitations from Google recruiters. To this effect, we applaud initiatives such as #RecruitMeNot that seeks to break the tech talent pipeline to Google. Recruits can respond to Google recruiters with the following text:
    Dear recruiter,
    The treatment of Drs. Mitchell, Gebru and their team has made it clear that Google is dangerously escalating its retaliation against members of marginalized communities and those who hope to stop the company from creating harmful and unethical technology. I do not plan on seeking employment at Google until it shows clear signs of reversing the dangerous course it is currently on.
    Thank you,
    [name]
  3. Academic institutions and other research organizations publicly commit to stop receiving funding from Google until it commits to clear and externally enforced and validated standards of research integrity. Too many institutions of higher learning are inextricably tied to Google funding (along with other Big Tech companies), with many faculty having joint appointments with Google. We call on universities, especially those that claim to be human-centered, such as Stanford’s Human Centered AI Institute and MIT’s Schwarzman College of Computing to publicly reject Google funding.
  4. State and national legislatures strengthen whistleblower protections. As others have written, the existing legal infrastructure for whistleblowing at corporations developing technologies is wholly insufficient. Researchers and other tech workers need protections which allow them to call out harmful technology when they see it, and whistleblower protection can be a powerful tool for guarding against the worst abuses of the private entities which create these technologies.

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